Published: 5th Mar 2018

Almost three quarters of the amount Manchester city council spends with suppliers goes to locally-based firms, new figures have revealed. The figures, which will be presented today (5 March) by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) at an event in Manchester show the local authority spent £446 million with its top 300 suppliers during the last financial year of 2016/17. In addition, the proportion of spend with Manchester-based organisations has increased from 51.5% in 2008/09 to 71.7% in 2016/17. And the proportion of procurement spent with small and medium-sized businesses was 59.4% in 2016/17. In addition, the core findings from the 2016/17 social value survey of the top 300 suppliers to Manchester city council, revealed that they created an estimated 68,862 hours of volunteering and community support activities. The suppliers also created around 705 apprenticeships and an estimated 1,160 jobs in Manchester last year. CLES has been working with … (To read the full article, subscribe below)